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House extends farm bill for a month

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The House passed a one-month extension to the farm bill by voice vote on Thursday, something the Senate has already said it will not support.

The House vote would give lawmakers until the end of January to come up with an overdue long-term deal to reform the food stamps program and commodity payments to farmers. Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, however, said earlier this week that the Senate would not pass a similar extension.

“Let them vote on it. We’re not going to do it,” the Nevada Democrat told the Associated Press Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Rep. Collin C. Peterson, Minnesota Democrat, said an extension was not necessary and that the negotiators were close to a deal that could get a vote once Congress returns in early January, without any effect on dairy prices or the American public.

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